Two Notes Torpedo Captor X

Reactive loadbox / attenuator / speaker simulator / IR loader / stereo expander

  • For home, live and studio use
  • 8 Ohm version
  • For playing a tube amplifier at its "sweet spot" and adjusting the volume with the attenuator
  • New functions for the Torpedo Captor family include a stereo expander (stereo reverb and double tracker), enhancer, voicing, space, noise gate and XLR DI outputs with 3 routing options (stereo, dual mono and dry / wet)
  • Controls: Space, Voicing, Out Level, Preset
  • Push buttons: In Level High / Low, Gnd Lift
  • Switch: Volume Full / Low
  • Headphone output: 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • Speaker input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Seaker output: 6.3 mm jack
  • Left & Right output: XLR
  • MIDI input: 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • USB
  • Power supply connection: barrel connector 5.5 x 2.1 mm, negative polarity inside
  • Power supply with a 12 V DC power adapter (included)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 128 x 175 x 64 mm
  • Weight: 1.3 kg

Further Information

Multi-Channel Unit No
Active / Passive Active
19" No
Pad switchable Yes
Gnd/Lift switchable Yes
Powered by battery No
Speaker Simulation Yes

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Great option for tube amps in apartments
Tiago Oliveira Coelho, 31.03.2021
I have a Deluxe Reverb, and although it's not too loud for practicing, it needs to be a little cranked when recording (something I find myself doing a lot these days), and this little device helps when I want to record late at night or just practice without bothering my neighbours.
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Twi Notes Do it Again
Johnnymorris, 10.11.2020
The Two Notes Captor X is fantastic. It allows you to play your high volume amp through to a lower level without losing all that greart tone. It also adds so much variation in tone reverb, echo and double tracking. It simply puts you in-charge of your own tones. You can add your own IR's and make unbelievable personal sounds.
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Ruhe im Karton!
DomG, 03.10.2020
Ich habe den Captor X angeschafft, nachdem ich vor einigen Monaten meinen Kemper veräußert und mir einen 65 Princeton Reverb Reissue zugelegt habe und mir dann doch manchmal die Möglichkeit fehlte, mit Kopfhörern spielen und aufnehmen zu können, ohne auf meinen Rechner mit Interface und irgendwelchen Plugins angewiesen zu sein.
Lange erwog ich das Iridium von Strymon, bald aber stellte sich das Captor X als Lösung heraus, die mir noch mehr Möglichkeiten gibt und dabei meinen Amp einbezieht. Also los.
Alles kam gut verpackt an, der Lieferumfang ist sinnvoll und ich vermisse nichts. Auch die Koppelung und Steuerung über die App funktioniert soweit problemlos. Ich konnte mit den virtuellen Cabs und Mikrofonen sogar schnell einen schönen angedickten Cleansound auf meine Kopfhörer holen.
Lokal lassen sich die ersten 6 Presets abrufen. Am besten gefallen mir in der lokalen Bedienung das Voicing- und das Space-Feature. Das erste ist eine Art Mittenkonturregler mit recht großem Regelbereich, das zweite addiert leichte Stereoambience zum Klang und ist gerade beim Spielen mit Kopfhörern ein Genuss, wenn man nicht gerade einen der (für meine Begriffe okayen) Reverbs verwenden will. Man kann in der App allerdings dem Spaceregler auch die Regelung des Reverbanteils zuweisen. Sehr praktisch. Aufgenommen werden Gitarrensignale bei mir sowieso meistens mono und ohne Effekte; und falls doch Effekte, dann kommen sie von meinem Pedalboard.
Dann gibt es noch die Attentuation. Hier ziehe ich den einzigen Stern für die Features ab, da zwei Stufen (wenn man "Full" nicht als Stufe ansieht) schon etwas dünn sind. Vielleicht kommt man hier eben an die Grenzen der Machbarkeit in diesem preislichen Rahmen, dazu fehlt mir das Hintergrundwissen. Für mich funktioniert die erste Stufe sehr gut, um meinen Amp angezerrt und für meine Mietwohnung immer noch in vertretbarem Rahmen zu fahren. Klingt geil, ich habe keine hochwissenschaftlichen Messungen gemacht, inwiefern da jetzt die "Wärme" oder "Harmonics" verloren gehen... interessiert mich auch nicht. Klingt für mich gut, passt. Glück gehabt, schätze ich. Keine Ahnung, wer die niedrigste Stufe ernsthaft verwendet, ist wirklich sehr leise. Vielleicht sinnvoll bei manchen 100 W-Amps mit viel Headroom. Vielleicht ist es irgendwann durch ein Update möglich, die Attentuation für die Stufen entsprechend anzupassen... aber wie gesagt, da fehlt mir die Ahnung.

Unterm Strich gebe ich meine absolute Empfehlung, all meine Wünsche an ein solches Produkt werden erfüllt. Man kriegt das Maximum für sein Geld und die Qualität ist hervorragend. Es gibt sicher einige Alternativen, die allerdings teilweise deutlich teurer sind, weniger können oder einen ungeschickteren Formfaktor haben.
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Perfect for home player who doesn't want guitar cabinets
Dad of Rock, 12.06.2020
I have tube amps which I love and I wanted to get rid of my cabinet, because it takes a lot of space, and I wanted more cabinet options. Captor X delivered exactly that.

It's perfect for home use where you have a suitable audio system anyway, so you can just use that with Captor X's cab simulation. Or if you have an USB audio interface hooked to your computer, and you want to listen to or record the sound directly.

But what I find best about Captor X is the actual sound quality. It makes a guitar and amp sound very authentic, in way that you are used to hearing on records. It also makes more obvious the guitar and amp doesn't actually matter that much, but the cabinet and mics used. The reverb on the device sounds also really nice and just realistic.

Using the virtual microphones and cabinets is quite easy, and I really like you can use them and switch presets without an application: Once you have settings down, you can just use them on Captor X as they are stored on it. No computer or mobile app needed after that.

What I didn't find very usable was the Captor X's own dummy load and attenuation with an external cab. It felt just making the sound thin. The "low volume" setting is also way too low. But I don't use this feature anyway, so not a real issue for me. But I would not buy Captor X just for attenuation use. There are plenty of cheaper attenuators around. But for virtually adding and miking a cabinet with an existing tube amp and getting good results, it's damn near perfect.

The front knobs are also quite small, I don't know how practical they would be in live situation like on stage. But for home use, they are alright.

It would be also pretty nice if Captor X included effects like delay in addition to the reverb, but that's hardly a downside. Units having these features cost like twice as much.
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